Cats roll to team titles in Carlsbad

CNJ STAFF

CARLSBAD — The Clovis boys and girls teams came up with convincing wins Friday at the Cavern City Classic.

Clovis senior Phillip Williams picked up three wins as the Wildcats finished with 147 points. Carlsbad was second with 127.

The Lady Wildcats won five of eight running events plus two relays while racking up 153 points. Ruidoso was second in the five-team meet with 119 points.

District 4-5A opponents Carlsbad and Hobbs were at the meet, and Kelley compared Ruidoso and the New Mexico Military Institute to Cibola and Sandia. The district meet is Friday and Saturday, also in Carlsbad.

“It kind of gives us an indicator of how district will go,” Clovis coach Darren Kelley said. “If we can go and compete well, we’ll do fine.”

Williams won the 100 (10.82) and 200 meters (21.84) and the long jump (22-3 1/2). He also helped Clovis finished second in the 400 relay.

Fellow senior Damian Robinson won the 110 hurdles (14.54) and also took second in the 300 hurdles (41.61) and high jump (5-6). Another CHS senior, Matt Loewen, captured the 1,600 and placed third in the 3,200.

Kelley said he expects Robinson to qualify in the 300 hurdles and Loewen in the 3,200 at the district meet.
Clovis did get one new qualifier, with sophomore Brian Mead finishing third in the 110 hurdles (15.07).

Clovis sophomore Matt Jennings won the discus (141-3) and Jacob Teofilo was second in the shot.

CHS freshman Manuel Robles placed second in the long jump (20-11) and triple jump (42-6) while senior Jacob Jones placed second in the 400 (52.20).

Clovis girls coach Darrell Ray had three objectives for his team at Carlsbad, and that was to get eighth-grader Caitlin Waters (800), junior Aimee Hilburn (javelin) and junior Kim Perkins (200) qualified for state.

Waters qualified while winning the 800 (2:25.80)
“She’s going to be really special for Clovis over the next couple of years,” Ray said.

Hilburn made it while taking fourth (109-10). The distance broke her school record.

Perkins fell a little short in the 200 despite winning the event.

“Two out of three ain’t bad,” Ray said.

Perkins also won the 300-meter hurdles.

Senior Vanessa O’Neal won the 400 (1:02.57) and triple jump (32-6) and also took second in the long jump (15-10).
“As a team, we’re probably going to go as Vanessa goes and how Kim Perkins goes,” Ray said.

CHS sophomore Heather Malloy won the 100 by nearly half a second (12.64).

Junior Brittany Blackmon won the high jump (5-4), beating out teammate Jasmine McDonald by 2 inches. Freshman Ebony Bunton was third, clearing 4-10.

“I always feel confident that they’re going to come out with a whole handful of points,” Ray said of his high jumpers.

Senior Cristin Vick won the pole vault by clearing 8-6.

McDonald also took third in the 100 hurdles (18.16) while Bunton placed third in the long jump (15-7 1/2).

Sophomore Kacee Escobar finished second in the discus (117-05) and shot put (37-10.5).

The 400 and 800 Clovis relay squads won.